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GE Just Starting Bizav Engine Development Journey

May 29,2019

With a new turbofan entering service late last year and two other engines in development, it might seem like GE Aviation¡¯s plan to expand into the business aviation market beginning a decade ago is now well underway. But that¡¯s not how the executive leading that charge views it. ¡°We are on a journey, and we are really at the start of that journey,¡± GE Aviation v-p and general manager of business, general aviation, and integrated systems Brad Mottier told AIN


That journey began to some degree with the jointly developed GE Honda HF120 engine powering the HondaJet and the CF34-3B on the Bombardier Challenger 650, but more recently with the 18,000-pound-thrust Passport that entered service with Bombardier¡¯s Global 7500 ultra-long-range business jet last December. With two Global 7500s already delivered, the Passport is meeting or exceeding key performance parameters such as specific fuel consumption, weight, emissions, and noise, Passport product manager Laurence Vigeant-Langlois told AIN. ¡°We¡¯ve validated it in the field with those two aircraft flying now,¡± she added.


Featuring a high-performance core similar to the CFM Leap, 52-inch fan ¡°blisk¡±¡ªfan blades and disk fashioned from a single piece of titanium¡ªand a compressor with a high-pressure ratio of 23:1, the engine is bearing out its reputation within the company as a sort of environmental teetotaler, Mottier said. ¡°Jokingly, some of our people here say that it¡¯s really a marvel because it doesn¡¯t have a drinking problem, it doesn¡¯t have a smoking problem, and it¡¯s not overweight.¡± GE continues to have discussions with OEMs about adding the Passport to other airframes, he added.


At the same time the engine has rolled out, so, too, has a team of GE people well-versed in the powerplant, GE Aviation services product manager Jim Stoker told AIN. ¡°We¡¯ve got a pretty extensive service and support network today,¡± he explained. ¡°We support nearly 3,000 business jet engines that are out flying with our concierge level of service [called OnPoint], but we¡¯re expanding the coverage particularly in the critical areas where we think the Global 7500s are going to go.¡± These areas include Asia, the Middle East, and Australia, Stoker said, as well as the U.S. and Europe. And those service support people already have a great deal of experience, having been with the Passport from the beginning. ¡°I think, at the end, it was somewhere in the mid-20,000 hours of support experience all across the engine [development] and flight test programs,¡± Stoker said. ¡°That¡¯s part of the seamless entry into service that we have been working around,¡± added Mottier.


So from what we know that China will be one of the country needs the aircrafts the most, ¡®The 8th China Aerospace Propulsion Technology Forum 2019¡¯ is scheduled to be held in Xi'an on September 26th -27th, 2019 which will be held with ¡®The 10th Civil Aircraft Industry International Forum 2019¡¯. The forum will attracts more than 150 well-known international aero engine business executives and experts will be invited to share the forefront developments Chinese aero engine market demand, and jointly make contribution to Chinese aero engine industry.


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